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tonight on "world news," on strike, one of the largest school systems in america shut down today by a massive teacher walkout. why what happens in chicago could affect your school next. on the brink. bob woodward's dramatic book on how close the u.s. actually came to financial meltdown. the anger -- >> i was pretty angry. >> the accusations and for the first time the tapes of two men watching the deal blow up. >> he wasn't going to get a damn dime for it. >> an abc news exclusive. on alert. the taliban announces a plan to kidnap and kill prince harry in afghanistan. and the crying game. letting a baby cry and cry and
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c cry. some surprising scientific results are in. good evening, as we come on the air in this new school year is beginning, there is an uprising taking hold in the city of chicago. tonight, the biggest teachers' strike in america in a generation is under way. 29,000 teachers out on the picket lines. 350,000 american students shut out of school and here is the heart of the standoff. how do you judge if a teacher is good or not good enough in the classroom and who should decide? even though this is happening in chicago, tonight it could light a fuse in american cities and towns across this country and abc's alex perez leads us off.
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>> reporter: it is the largest teachers strike this country has seen in more than two decades, 29,000 union members strong, refusing to go to work until they get what they want. >> we are fighting for dignity and respect and for a fair contract. >> reporter: the strike is pitting the powerful teachers' union against the mayor. >> this is a strike of choice and it's a wrong choice for our children, and it's not necessary. >> reporter: city officials launched an emergency plan, opening 144 schools for a half day to serve kids breakfast and lunch and keep them busy. we visited crown elementar where students played games all morning instead of taking classes. are you upset that you are not able to be learning in the classroom today? >> yeah, because, well, how are we going to get our education without learning? >> reporter: the strike has left thousands of parents in the lurch. janice thompson scrambled to rearrange her schedule to pick her twins up early. the strike combined with the city's soaring murder rate is what most bothers her. >> if our kids are out here in the street, something might
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happen to our children. >> reporter: lajoi parker had to stop working on her nursing degree so she could be home for her kids. what's your concern if this strike doesn't end soon? >> it's frustrating trying to figure it out. it really is. >> reporter: chicago teachers are fighting for better pay and benefits, but the sticking point is a new plan to base teacher evaluations in part on how well their students score on standardized tests. the unions argue that would put teachers at a disadvantage and possibly cost them their jobs. >> we feel that would distort the curriculum, threaten the profession. >> reporter: these contract talks are being closely watched around the country, battles over testing playing out in school districts in at least 23 states. >> teacher evaluation is a very hot topic right now. many states and localities have developed procedures that include student test scores as part of the evaluation. >> reporter: and the teachers vowed to continue protesting until a deal is reached
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complicating the situation like this from the u.s. department of education which found that about 80% of chicago eighth graders are not grade level proficient in reading or math. diane? >> all right, thank you so much, alex. and now we move on to big news for the obama campaign. just 57 days to go before "your voice, your vote" and the latest poll shows the president pulling ahead, that post-convention bounce. he is now leading governor romney by six points as both candidates set their sights on the handful of voters still making up their minds, so who are they? abc's david muir is in the swing state of ohio tonight. david? >> reporter: diane, that small handful of voters you speak of by some estimates 7 million americans who could decide this race. tonight, what's behind the president's bounce and this year why even a small bounce could determine the winner in november. re is mitt romney greeted by supporters and by the new poll numbers. president obama pulling ahead.
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before the democratic convention that same poll, the two men tied at 48 apiece. tonight, the president with a six-point lead. strategists on both sides recognize that in this election year even a small shift is significant. >> four-point leader is as significant as a 10 to 12-point lead 20 years ago. >> reporter: matt dowd has advised candidates for both parties and argues the country is more polarized now. only a tiny slice of americans have yet to decide. >> today we only have 6% of people who are truly swing and truly persuadable. so if you get a four, five or six-point bounce it means you're maximizing what absolute you can get. >> reporter: what led to this bounce? it points to michelle obama's performance and bill clinton and those who chose obama last time who still like him but are disappointed. >> no president, no president, not me, not any of my predecessors, no one could have fully repaired all the damage
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that he found in just four years. [ cheers and applause ] >> reporter: the romney campaign tonight calling the bounce a, quote, sugar high from the convention, that the reality of the obama economy hasn't changed. to say it's nearly impossible mathematically for governor romney to win the white house without winning right here in ohio. this is right here in the factory. romney now with 15 ads up in nine battleground states but the number most important october 3rd debating president obama less than one month until that first debate. how important are these debates going to be? >> well, i think the debates very important particularly when you have a small sliver of the electorate that has yet to make up their mind. >> reporter: the romney campaign acknowledging to me today just how important those debates are going to be and in particular that first debate, diane, if these poll numbers hold it will be a make-or-break moment for romney. the romney campaign tonight not ceding an inch and in the battle
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of ground of nevada this time tomorrow, diane. >> all right, thank you, david. the debate is again october 3rd. tomorrow is the 11th anniversary of 9/11 and today a quest by some of the first responders ended in a kind of victory. the federal government announced it will ad 14 types of cancer to the list of illnesses suffered because of toxins at ground zero. residents of lower manhattan and rescue workers will now be eligible for financial aid and health services and if you go online to our website, we have a full list of which cancers are now included. and up next an abc news exclusive. we all know that there was a time when the nation stood on the brink of a financial crisis, one that could potentially trigger a global depression. well, the new prus in congress had threatened to let america default on its debt unless there were budget cuts. the president tried to broker a deal. the deal blew up. well, now there is a new book,
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"the price of politics." it is buy bob woodward, legendary journalist who tells us about the human drama behind one of the most intense moments in history and the clock was ticking down. >> headlines for you. >> that is getting closer to closer. >> default, default. >> default has all these -- >> the pressure is on and a didline is right around the corner. >> reporter: bob woodward takes you behind the closed doors in his new book. >> the stakes could not be higher. >> you talk about it as the financial equivalent of the cuban missile crisis. >> so serious they couldn't tell the world how bad it was. >> reporter: 30 days until a possible global financial meltdown. the president calls house speaker john boehner to the white house. to try to negotiate a deal that will outflank tea party opposition. >> one point of the meeting -- >> reporter: for the first time you're hearing tapes of john boehner and then the president two separate interviews talking to woodward about this crossroads of history.
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>> all you need to know about the differences between the president and myself is that i'm sitting here smoking a cigarette drinking merlot, and i look across the table and here is the president of the united states drinking iced tea and chomping on nicorette. ah. >> did you offer him a cigarette? >> i did not. i did not. he -- nor did he ask for one. >> by that time i quit smoking but, you know, i was making sure he had an ashtray, you know, you know, he had a sip of wine so i'm feeling fairly optimistic. >> reporter: as days go by a blizzard of paper between two, counternumbers and looks close, a combination of tax cuts and government programs and tax increases. a magic formula. so what happens? well, 12 days before the deadline, the president makes a phone call to boehner asking for still more revenue, $400
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billion. was it a question or was it a demand? it blows the deal sky high and in the end, it comes down to he said/he said. >> i want to be very emphatic here, at no point did i say, john, take it or leave it. >> his position is he was not saying, i have to have it, he was saying, i want you to consider it. >> no, no, no, no. hold on. no, no, no, no, no. i need $400 billion more revenue. i need. >> reporter: boehner is livid and worried about the fractious rebels in the tea party. he refuses to return the president's three phone calls over 19 hours. this time, boehner says the president erupts. >> he was spewing coals. oh, he was pissed. he was pissed. he wasn't going to get a damn dime for it. he knew how far out on a limb i was. >> you told him? >> oh, yeah, oh, but he was hot.
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>> i was pretty angry. >> he told me you were spewing coals. >> spewing? >> coals. other words, you were a furnace. >> well, look, i -- there's no doubt that i thought it was profoundly irresponsible. >> reporter: so the deal is off and now it's 11 days till possible default, a crisis so grave, someone in the white house actually suggests the kind of yard sale of government properties. >> somebody said, well, can we sell national parks? can we sell -- and the treasury secretary says, it won't work. we won't get enough money. >> reporter: and there's another problem, the president has to deal with the two young guns of the republican party operating behind the scenes, house majority leader eric cantor and the man called the intellectual heart of the tea party, now vice presidential nominee congressman paul ryan, and there's a history and the president gave a speech
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attacking ryan's plan -- >> nothing serious or courageous about this plan. >> reporter: he said he didn't know someone at the white house had invited ryan to sit there right in the front row. >> in making that mistake, as ryan said they poisoned the well. >> i'm very disappointed in the president. >> reporter: even the president admits it was a mistake. by the way, accidentally calls ryan jack. >> i was not aware when i gave that speech that jack ryan was going to be sitting right there. yeah, we made a mistake. >> reporter: do you really think in this tensely polarized world that schmoozing and charming and calling and spending the night with your feet up changes the course of history? >> yes, ma'am. it -- it not necessarily changed the course of history, but opens the door to changing the course of history, that human relations matter. >> reporter: so with three days
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to go, who saves the situation? it's the old guard, vice president biden and senate minority leader mitchell mcconnell. >> i thought it was a good meeting. >> the united states of america will not for the first time in our history default on its obligations. >> reporter: with just 27 hours to go, the biden/mcconnell framework evolves into a deal which essentially postpones hard decisions until after the election. really say in the book, nobody was in charge. >> in washington. >> reporter: and is that a failure of leadership. >> some people are going to say he was fighting a brick wall, the republicans in the house and the republicans in congress. others will say, if the president's job to figure out how to tier down that brick wall. in this case, he did not. >> is that the president's fault? >> well, my conclusion is, presidents clinton, president reagan and if you look at them and criticize them for lots of
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things, they by and large work well. >> and he did not. >> on this president obama did not. >> but here in an election year there are going to be people who say you're delivering some ammunitionon. >> i am not delivering ammunition. i am trying to describe what happened. i also make the point that speaker boehner was responsible. close the book with the thought that the result of all of this was the status quo only worse. >> and you can see more of our questions to bob woodward and the interview tonight on "nightline" and tomorrow morning he will be live on "good morning america." still ahead right here on "world news" -- prince harry at war and under threat. the taliban now pledging to target him. why he might be safer in the air than on the ground. well, i had all the classic symptoms...
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base where he'll be living? here's abc's muhammad lila. >> reporter: just five days into his mission, the warrior prince of wales already under threat. the taliban adding him to their hit list today saying "it's not important for us to kidnap him. we will target him, and we will kill him." the prin is flying an apache helicopter, and with four helicopters crashing in just the past month, the risks are real, something we saw firsthand. when you look outside the window, you get a sense of the challenges that coalition troops are facing. there are literally thousands of places where militants could be hiding waiting to strike, but while they gun for the prince, he will be gunning right back in one of the most advanced helicopters in the world. the computers on board this apache can detect up to 250 threats below in just seconds. >> there's one helicopter that you'd want to be flying in combat, it's an apache. that said, any helicopter can be brought down.
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>> reporter: and while he's in the sky, the enemy won't know the prince will be anonymous using a code name and wearing a visor at all times. but the threat isn't just in the air. it can also be on the ground in home base. >> the real worry is that somebody tries to infiltrate into the base, somebody who is appearing as a civilian worker on the base. >> reporter: for his own protection, the prince will live in a separate section of the base and won't have any contact with afghan soldiers. british officials say with social media today there was just no wa to keep this deployment a secret. a marked man. muhammad lila, abc news, kabul. coming up right here, a lonely little greeting. a self-portrait taken millions of miles away. you know this little guy? mple p. a body at rest tends to stay at rest... while a body in motion tends to stay in motion. staying active can actually ease arthritis symptoms. but if you have arthritis, staying active can be difficult.
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and i get the chance to spend more time with my wife and my kids. it's my world. that's my world. ♪ and national park officials are warning about a white knuckle moment caught on tape. take a look at this. a group of children creep up to a seemingly friendly bison. it appears to be going well, then the bison charges. there it is. take again a look at the tape, because there are clues the bison is about to fly into a rage. his head bucks and its tail pops up. by the way, the little boy who was chased by the bison is fine. but officials remind us the best thing is to stay away. and call it a postcard from a lonely guy in space. this is a self-portrait taken by
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the rover called curiosity on the planet mars. the rover used a camera mounted on the tip of its own seven-foot robotic arm. by the way, the large circle is a laser beam that incinerates rocks and what they're made of. we don't know about you, but it reminds us of another intrepid robot. remember wall-e. may be separated at birth. all the things we do to comfort a baby crying through the night. is there a different way? a surprising solution. stay tuned. i took my son fishing every year. we had a great spot, not easy to find, but worth it. but with copd making it hard to breathe, i thought those days might be over. so my doctor prescribed symbicort. it helps significantly improve my lung function starting within five minutes. symbicort doesn't replace a rescue inhaler for sudden symptoms. with symbicort, today i'm breathing better. and that on! symbicort is for copd
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ask your doctor if you can reduce your risk with pradaxa. and finally tonight, the sound of a crying baby is unbearable. even though a lot of doctors have said let your baby cry when they can't sleep, even if you have to talk yourself down. well, tobt scientists say they have new proof. who does the crying hurt the most, the baby, the parent? here's abc's david wright. [ baby crying ] >> reporter: how do you handle this situation? is all the crying bad for the baby? this father has found a
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shortcut. but obviously he would prefer to sleep in his own bed. today the journal of pediatrics weighed in with a new study that looks at the levels of cortisol, a stress hormone in children's brains. it found that babies allowed to cry for short periods of time were no more stressed out than babies whose parents camped out with them. in other words, a little crying does no lasting damage. >> it's just hard if you happen to be a person who hates to hear another person suffer. [ crying [. >> reporter: but as cam from "modern family" could tell you it's tough on mops and dads too. in fact, the authors of this new study don't recommend letting babies cry it out because it's too stressful for parents. this mommy and me yoga class every mommy can relate to that. >> i just literally can't stand to hear him cry. everything in my body tenses up and feels like i'm getting adrenaline. >> reporter: how many of you
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sleep with your baby? all of them raised their hands except one. hearing too much of this sound can lead to depression. >> for me, i'm going to be -- >> reporter: exactly. and sleep deprived. >> well, yes. >> reporter: the good news, it's usually just a phase for the baby and the parent. david wright, abc news, los angeles. weigh in on and more with bob woodward on "nightline" later. i'll see you again tomorrow night. good night. anncr: this casino's in west virginia.
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